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  • Charlie Lapinski Jan 18, 2013

    in the first place you can not have the refrigerator on its back or the compressor will leek refrigerant and that will not be good at all



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You can not have a refrigerator on its back

and why do you have the refrigerator on its back for any way

and what is the problem you are having right now

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I have a Kenmore side by side refrigerator, model number: 41212100. Do you know if this model has wheels? I wanted to clean in the back of the refrigerator, but am unable to move it.

any large side by side I have owned or worked on has wheels . they do however want to sink in /stick and might require a bigger shoulder to move .

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Moving a Refrigerator What is the best way

If you just bought a used refrigerator or are moving and need to move refrigerator, what is the best way to do it and have it work when you need it to again?

There are a few things to consider before any move is made.

First, do not lay a fridge on it’s back if the coils are on the back. Other refrigerators can be laid on their back but that is not the preferred way to move a fridge.


Here’s what you want to look for. Open the back of the refrigerator and see what way the tubing comes out of the compressor. The compressor is the black tank type thing that has a few copper tubes coming out of it. Look for the side of the compressor that has the two tubes sticking out of it. Now, when you lay your refrigerator on it’s side you want to have those tubes sticking up. By doing this you will not have any of the oil running out of the compressor and into the copper tubing where it can be trapped.

If you move your refrigerator this way you can leave it on it’s side indefinitely without harming it. You also can plug it in immediately without having to let the oil settle back into the compressor.

There is one other thing that you want to be careful of though… While the refrigerator is on it’s side make sure not to bang down hard or go over nay large bumps that may cause it to slam down hard. This can damage the springs that isolate the compressor from the body of the refrigerator. If these get damaged it can cause the compressor to rattle or knock when it starts or stops. To avoid this, either wrap a strap around the compressor and suspend the compressor with a strap to the top of the refrigerator body, or shove some cardboard or other padding into the hole around the compressor to support the compressor weight.

Be following these instructions you will be able to have a trouble free refrigerator moving experience.

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Frig freezer wont get cold enough after move . 35 degress then back up to 45 . cleaned everything good . coils everything . worked fine till moved . waited 24 hours after move to plugg in . help

Hi Kim, Before you check out the link below, Read about your refrigerator not cooling?Is your older or newer model refrigerator plugged in, getting power, the lights are on inside but the fridge will not cool and the freezer won't freeze? If your refrigerator or freezer has suddenly stopped cooling and the freezer won't freeze, we have multiple solutions for you.If you hear a clicking sound coming from the back of your refrigerator/freezer, then the problem is most likely the compressor is overheating or not getting proper power and will not start. The compressor is the component on your refrigerator that allows your refrigerator to cool. If this component is not working properly your refrigerator will stop cooling. Most of the time the compressor is not the component that has failed.

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Refrigerator stopped working

unplug for 15mins , move your fridge to 3 feet from the wall clean the back and don't put anything in the back and plug back

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I have a GE GSS25TSRD SS refrigerator. The cubed ice dispenses properly but crushed ice is not working. Any thoughts?

Remove the ice bin and move the metal bar that sticks out the back of it up and down. It should move easily and spring back. If ok look at the white plastic square piece below auger where the metal bar inserts into when bin is in place. You should be able to lift that up and down easily. If its stuck it probably needs replacing. If thats ok then press the freezer door switch in while pressing the dispenser paddle for cube ice. The white plastic part should move up the down when paddle is released. If no movement the solenoid is bad for it or its not getting voltage.

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The refrigerator in my new home is Roper RT18DKXFN01, a 1997 top freezer about five feet tall. Should I be pulling out pans from the bottom and cleaning them? If so, I can't get it to move - is there some...

Hi ; Not an expert on this fridge,

You do not need to clean the coils

But at the back of the fridge , there should be a water trap sat on top of the compressor that is linked to the fridge via a pipe.
It allows condensation to run out of the fridge to the trap, where the heat from the compressor evaporates it.

Its possible that food waste has travelled down the pipe into the trap and is creating tha bad smell

You could also check the back for anything else that may have arrived by default and is causing the smell

Not sure if it has a special way to move it : But its a heavy object , so a little extra force may be needed.

Take care and good luck

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Remove the black cardboard cover in back and check to see if something is hittiing the fan

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Temperature on Refrigerator keeps raising

unplug it, move it from the wall for about 1 foot, clean behind, and plug again. Don't move it back , it has to stay at 1 foot from the wall and forever, this is called breathing distance.

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Drinking water line at door frozen ,how to fix

Move the frozen food into the refrigerator side and turn off the freezer. Leave the door open to help it thaw quicker. A blow dryer helps to speed things up. When the line thaws, turn the freezer back on and move the frozen food back over. I am curious why it froze. Was the freezer temperature set too low or has anyone been inside the door to move the water line or insulation???

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The frezer not cool enoug

you may not have enough air circulation at the rear of the machine when you moved it. if the machine can not loose heat through the radiator at the back it looses its cooling capacity. move it back to where it was?

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